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85
Engadget
Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
85

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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Engadget Review

Amazon's latest Kindle Fire brings a lot of welcome upgrades and is sure to be a big seller this holiday season.

Pros
  • Great screen
  • Long battery life
  • Lots of welcome enhancements to Fire OS
Cons
  • No Google Play access
  • Starting price includes Special Offers
  • No video-out port
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Scores

Engadget

85
 

User Reviews

90
parks1348
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
90
FrostByte
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
90
jethoman
I was really wanting a tablet was my grad school class. I had bought my textbook...read more
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Score Breakdown

 
82
Average user Score

Storage capacity

88
 

Features

92
 

Durability

92
 

Ease of use

100
 

Portability (size / weight)

100
 

Battery life

80
 

Design and form factor

96
 

Display

96
 
 
90
parks1348
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
90
FrostByte
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
90
jethoman
I was really wanting a tablet was my grad school class. I had bought my textbook from the Amazon eTextbook store, but didn't have the money to throw at an iPad or large Android device. I also wasn't sure if I really needed all the function of an iPad either. I was not crazy about the idea of getting a lower end Google Android tablet, as I had negative experiences with those in the past. Thats what got me looking at the Kindle Tablets. I was still a bit concerned about locking myself into the Amazon Appstore. I wanted to make sure that whatever I got, it would be something I could use for years, and be happy about it.So here is the breakdown:Screen: The screen is absolutely stunning. Text and video is crystal clear, and the ui looks great with the high res screen. The only caveat is that the edges are slightly discolored when reading on a white background. Hardly a big deal, but it is there.Performance: The processor is wicked fast, and never seems to let on that it is working hard. Having the beefed up processor and ram have really made this a smooth experience.Battery: Very good battery life, I can usually use it off and on for a day or so. If I just use it for reading, it lasts for a much longer timespan.Software: The new Fire OS 3.1 is surprising good. The UI is attractive, and I had no delays in switching between apps. It also seems like the memory management is much better than previous versions. I have check after I exited out of an application, I don't see it running in the “running applications” list.The builtin apps are very useful and seem to work seamlessly together. Features like Xray for music/video, and Immersion Reading work flawlessly. The new Silk web browser is really fast and can browse mobile versions of Facebook very well.The software library in the Amazon App Store is surprisingly good. Many video apps that had mixed compatibility with other Android devices had Kindle tablet versions that work perfectly. The worst thing I can say is that the AppStore itself doesn't promote the really good Apps all that well. I was able to find many Apps that I didn't expect to find, simply by knowing the App name and searching for it.The MayDay support is also very useful. You should never feel frustrated by a problem with this device. Just hit the Mayday button ;Storage: The base model that I have seems to have ample space. Granted I use the cloud for everything that I can. I have lots of apps, books, magazines, audiobooks installed, and still have 4 gigs to spare.Durabilty: The tablet feels solid, and with the origami case it is well protected.Design: I really think that the buttons are well placed, and overall it is very comfortable to watch a video, play a game, or read a book. If you get the Origami case it is even more convenient as it can stand up on its own. The speakers are really loud and the dolby experience sounds great in all the apps.If you just need a powerful, functional, and enjoyable tablet to work and play on then this is your tablet. If you want to replace your laptop with a tablet, then perhaps shelling out a few hundred more for an iPad maybe a better bet.
 
100
mackvet
At 71 and computer savvy I am not intimidated by the electronic field. I have looked at tablets for the past couple years trying to justify why I would need a tablet. I have been using Amazons Kindle reader for the past four years which is an amazing product from Amazon. My grandson who believes Apple products are the only products a person should purchase and I respect him for his opinion even though I think he is wrong. This past Christmas I purchased two of the Kindle HDX 7 one for myself and one for my wife. I did a lot of research and looking at the various tablets on the market and for the money you can't beat the Kindle HDX 7. So far, I have not run into any limitations or issues that made me regret this investment. The screen gives you outstanding bright clear colors and a processor that has excellent transfer speed. Apple is a fine product but you are paying for the name. I have no regrets in my purchase decision and would do it all over again.
 
100
Ivoryblue08
The Kindle Fire 7 is amazing! It's lightweight, durable, has a nice design, and is very useful for many things.